“Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT!” -Dr Seuss

Too much time and energy in life gets spent trying to fit in…trying to be seen as “normal”.  I personally think that normal is pretty boring.   After all, why be normal when you can be exceptional?!   When something simply “fits in” it is too easy to blend in, to go completely unnoticed.  But when something stands out you cannot help but notice it.  You cannot help but have your attention drawn to it.

Now I am not talking about standing out in your physical appearance – I am talking about standing out with your character.  I am talking about standing out by going the extra mile, by being extra kind and compassionate toward others, by living a life of integrity.    And in today’s world, those qualities will definitely make you a person who stands out.

Every day we have the choice to STAND OUT.  Every day we have the choice to focus on being amazing…to go beyond the average or the typical….we have the choice to be EXCEPTIONAL.

Why follow the crowd when you can be leading it?

Why shoot for ordinary when you can be SPECTACULAR?!

Be proud to STAND OUT!  Be confident to stand up for what is right, even when you are the only one doing it.  Don’t lower your standards to fit in with the crowd.  Instead, let your example be what lifts others around you to raise their standards to yours.  Be a leader.  Stop worrying about fitting in and start aiming to STAND OUT!

Tomorrow is my daughter Ashley’s 18th birthday.  I can hardly believe it.  My baby is officially an adult.  Time has gone way too fast.  I literally can close my eyes and see my sweet little baby being handed to me immediately after I delivered her 18 years ago.  I remember holding her that first time and staring in amazement at how perfectly beautiful she was.  She was the most beautiful baby I have ever laid eyes on.  She truly was.  And sitting here tonight, 18 years later, she is still the most perfectly beautiful person I have ever laid eyes on, both on the outside as well as the inside.  Today’s blog is dedicated to my baby girl because of everyone I know in this life, she is the one who most prominently STANDS OUT –  with her amazing character, her unbendable values, her kindness and compassion, her charitable heart, and her confidence to stand alone for what is right – she is my example and my hero and no matter how old she gets she will always be my sweet baby girl – Happy Birthday Ashley!!!!

Ashley as a newborn

Ashley as a newborn

My sweet baby girl :)

My sweet baby girl 🙂

ashley now 2

My baby girl all grown up



  • Sathish says:

    Hi Amy,

    Excellent!!! I wish her a wondeful life!


  • Andy Johnson says:

    A beautiful post with a strong and sincere message to boot. Great stuff Amy and Happy Birthday to Ashley!


  • Mathew Stucki says:

    That’s quite a compliment coming from a woman who really stands out, personally and professionally. She is really proud of her most important accomplishment, Ashley. You!

    Give your mom a big hug. She obviously loves and admires you. And that is something special …

    Happy Birthday.

  • Julie says:

    I really enjoyed your writings today (always). I have 2 grown sons and I feel the same way about them. We are blessed to have such amazing adult children that stand out above the rest! Please tell her Happy Birthday…and Happy Birth-day to the Mom too.

  • That dope dude says:

    I always try to stand out,nd not fit in,but people tink its pride..nd becos of dat i aint got no friend..i mean really close friends

    • Mangal Ramesh pawar says:

      Hi, its ok if your not having close friends that means they are all of one type and you are different. Being different is alwsys good. Follow your hesrt.

  • Luïn Leo says:

    This website helped me allot

  • neeharika says:

    this was really very amazing i really learned from it and it helped me allot.
    thank you amy

  • Joseph Mutugi says:

    This was so fantastic. I have learned a lot from it.

  • Mary says:

    I got here. Great Ashley. You have a great Mom. Happy BIRTHDAY

    I asked Google. Why
    ?”I can bring in crowds.
    Received good answers. I was never that normal anyways. It a late life talent.

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